Scott Brandt, CPA, CCIFP

Audit and Assurance

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Meet Scott

Scott has more than 16 years of experience in public accounting and maintains a specialized focus working with manufacturing- and construction-related entities. He builds relationships with clients to better understand their businesses and needs, allowing him to provide timely and proactive advice on tax, accounting and financial statement presentation issues.  

A trusted partner to clients, Scott is responsible for various in-charge, oversight and management functions during accounting and audit engagements, including performing FAR Part 31 overhead rate audits. His experience includes providing audit and other attest services to general contractors, specialty subcontractors and engineering firms ranging in size from $5 million to $250 million in revenue. Scott also provides audit and other attest services and handles complex accounting and auditing issues such as multicompany consolidations.

Prior to joining Armanino, Scott was a partner in the Audit practice at Brown Smith Wallace, where he also served as the leader of the Construction industry group.

Scott holds the Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP) certification. Currently, there are fewer than 30 active certificate holders in Missouri. To further build relationships in the construction community in St. Louis, Scott helped establish a peer group of young architecture/construction/engineering industry professionals in 2018.

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Professional History


  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
  • Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA)
  • Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MOCPA)
  • Association of General Contractors (AGC)
  • The Surety Association of St. Louis, American Subcontractors Association (ASA)
  • Construction Forum in St. Louis, Young Leaders Board
  • American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)


  • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse


  • Brown Smith Wallace LLP
  • Dunbar
  • Breitweiser & Company LLP
  • Sila Accounting


Q. Make a prediction; describe your vision of the future of the general business environment for your area of expertise or the industries you serve.
In the construction industry, there is a huge opportunity to embrace technology. The manual drilling of a screw isn’t going to change, but the oversight and organization of the work presents opportunity to embrace technology solutions. It could be as simple as replacing manual timesheets with an app that submits thing electronically for review and approval, or perhaps even using Power BI to analyze job status, productivity, budgets, collections, billings and more.
Q. Please tell us one fun fact about yourself.
My parents were professional bowlers growing up. I enjoyed watching them perfect their craft and teach me the importance of dedication and hard work.
Q. Describe your work style.
Doing what it takes to get the job done. The bottom line is getting the right answer and delivering to clients. With colleagues, I am very direct to some extent, but it is a directness out of caring. I care about their development.
Q. Who is (or was) the most influential person in your life?
My high school football coach. He always said, “Act like you’ve done it before,” and it’s how I approach life. He instilled in me that a goal with no plan and no work is not reality.
Q. If you could pass on a nugget of wisdom to aspiring accountants or consultants, what would that be?
Embrace change. Things change on a daily basis. You’ll know as much as you can, but there is constant room for improvement. Don’t let fear prevent you from growing and becoming the best version of yourself.
Q. What do you love most about your work?
We’ve created a firm with great work/life balance that allows everyone flexibility when needed.
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